As September leaves us and October begins, there is already a definite chill in the air. This is a truly beautiful time of year with the leaves changing colour and the perfect time to start preparing for the early frosts.

Get planting

October is the start of the planting season. Bulbs and plants will benefit from the months ahead to get rooted in, however, be wary of planting evergreens in overly exposed patches as they are prone to drying out in winter winds. We have a great range of autumn bulbs to choose from. Plant now for beautiful spring colour.

autumn bulbs

Clear the leaves

As tempting as it may be to leave autumn’s fallen leaves, the kindest thing you can do for your lawn is to give them a good rake. This will help protect your lawn from unnecessary water logging and damage and of course the fallen leaves make for fantastic mulch. This could be the perfect time to start a compost heap, if you haven’t already. Once your lawn is clear and dry, October will probably see the final mow of the year before winter really does set in.

It is also important to make sure any leaves are cleared from patios, pathways and decking as they can be quite a hazard if left unattended.

Get creative

If you have kids in the family or you are just the creative type, autumn is a great time in the garden. While collecting those fallen leaves together, put a few aside for creative activities indoors or out. They can be used to create creatures and characters, forest friend headbands or crown leaf prints or wax crayon rubbings. You  provide the leaves and we can provide you with great value paint, glue and other craft materials to make it into a real project. Click here for art and craft supplies.

Prepare cuttings

Cuttings provide a relatively cheap and easy method of growing plants for next year. Take semi-hardwood cuttings of plants such as Lavender, Camellias, Lonicera, Artemisia and Osmanthus and hardwood cuttings of Cornus, Weigela and Perovskia and keep them in pots on the windowsill.


If you have a pond in your garden, now is a great time to cover it with netting to prevent leaves dropping in, making it much easier for you to keep clean.  As the weather starts to chill, add a polystyrene float or ball to ensure a hole stays open if the surface ices over in winter. Cut back and tidy any aquatic plants to help reduce debris which could otherwise rot and increase the nitrogen levels in the water.

October check list:

Fruit and Veg

  • Plant early broad beans and onions
  • Plant bare rooted fruit shrubs
  • Prune raspberries


  • Lift dahlia tubers
  • Divide herbaceous perennials
  • Lightly prune large roses
  • Plant spring bulbs
  • Raise containers off the ground
  • Clear summer bedding
  • Plant autumn bedding


  • Clear fallen leaves
  • Last chance to sow seed
  • Lay turf


  • Plant Christmas flowering bulbs
  • Bring plants back indoors

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